You can start by planting seeds or tending small plants. Your budding botanists can work alongside you, watering seedlings and pulling weeds. With school-age children, you can talk about how different types of plants grow best under different conditions. Some prefer rocky soils and shade, while others do better in moist soils and direct sunlight.
Another plus: Teachable moments are nearly limitless, so you can explore lots of other topics and concepts. Working in the dirt, for instance, may lead your child to start a rock collection. He can then read up on the types of rock native to your area.
Children may also be curious about the bugs they encounter outdoors. This could turn into lessons on how bees produce honey or how those fuzzy caterpillars that crawl on the ground transform into moths or beautiful butterflies.
Getting your kids hooked on horticulture allows you and your family to enjoy the fruits of your labor – in more ways than one.